Founded in 1970, the West Des Moines Historical Society (WDMHS) is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-based organization dedicated to community enrichment through education, preservation, and celebration of the history and the heritage of West Des Moines.


The West Des Moines Historical Society (WDMHS) will exceed the expectation of visitors and the local community by:

  • Offering exhibits, collections and programs on West Des Moines area history
  • Preserving the historic integrity and character of WDMHS properties
  • Increasing the scope of opportunities to preserve and share the history, stories and cultural heritage of the community